Secondary discussions and the lamentable ignorance of Muslims

بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيم

When I see the huge amount of discussions about the actions of this or that Muslim, or about the specifics of this or that Islamic rule, I feel bad that most of the discussions are being carried out on matters of secondary or even tertiary importance as far as Islam is concerned. Sometimes, one might go on for pages at a time on some Islamic discussion boards without there being even one matter being discussed with a non-Muslim that is tied to a central aspect of the Islamic faith.

As a rule of efficiency, we should only discuss the main issues, establish them with certainty, then whatever certainty is reached there, take that as a definite basis for talking about everything else. I think that most Muslims have unfortunately just lost this broad picture, and the truth is that it comes down to the ignorance of what constitutes an “indubitable proof” versus “secondary evidence”. And lamentably, I see this ignorance only getting worse with each passing day.  Continue reading